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ANHU-112241-in-raptor-box On August 15, a woman in Seattle noticed that her outdoor cat was batting something around the yard.  Upon closer inspection, she noticed that her cat's toy was moving, and she immediately confiscated it from him.  It turned out to be a juvenile Anna's Hummingbird.  The hummingbird was disoriented and badly battered but still holding on to life.  The woman brought the tiny bird to PAWS Wildlife Center for care.

A wildlife rehabilitator at PAWS examined the hummingbird and found that she had some small cuts and abrasions.  Her right wing drooped, but did not appear to be broken, and all of her tail feathers had been pulled out.  Many birds survive attacks by domestic cats only to succumb a day or two later to infections caused by bacteria in the cat's saliva.  The rehabilitator placed the hummingbird on antibiotics to prevent an infection from setting in.

The young hummingbird has responded well to her treatment so far.  She completed her course of antibiotics and her wing no longer droops.  She is now in an outdoor enclosure in which she is able to exercise her flight muscles.  As you can see in the photo, she is still without her tail, but the hummingbird will be ready for release as soon as her feathers grow back in.

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Kevin, thanks to you and all the Wildlife team for helping this precious little bird. I also appreciate the education -- I didn't know that tailfeathers grew back. I wish every person with an outdoor cat could see this blog post. Cats do very well inside, and anyone with a yard can build or buy an outdoor enclosure for their cats.

We have a similar case and would like to know what was the size of the enclosure where you kept the hummingbird while it was recovering?


what kind of antibiotic did she use on the humming bird to help the humming bird

will a hummingbird's wing feathers grow back after a cat attack. The outside wing is there but feathers close to body are gone. buzzes trying to fly but can not.


My cat cuaght a humminbird today. It is missing a small patch of feathers on each side and all of its tail feathers. Its wings are not damaged and it can fly around the house, up to tye ceiling. There are no abrasions or scratches. It has drank hummingbird nectar from a dropper. Can it be released, or do we need to keep it until the tail feathers grow back?

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Feathers on the wings were broken. Wing works fine but she can't fly. Will the wing feathers grow back in?

hi im taking care of a hummingbird who was hurt by one of my cats but i dont know what to do beacuse it says your only wildlife center is in washington, i really dont want the bird to die what should i do?

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